Public health officials in Clark County said on Monday that the outbreak of measles had risen to 22 confirmed cases, with three more suspects, and they revealed three more possible exposure sites. the last confirmed case is an unvaccinated child under 10 years of age. There are currently more than 30 possible exposure locations in Oregon and Washington. Of the 22 confirmed cases of measles, 19 were not vaccinated. Since 2004, data from the State Health Department have shown that the number of vaccinated kindergartens is decreasing
According to publicly available statistics, more than 91.4% of all kindergartens have completed all their immunizations during the school year 2004-2005. This figure dropped to 76.5% in the school year 2017-2018.
For measles, the number of vaccinated kindergartens decreased from 96.4% to 84.5% over the same period of time. The vaccination rate against measles in the country is 90.6% in the school year 2017-2018
The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases has grown by 30% worldwide. It says that "vaccine fluctuation" is one of their ten greatest threats to global health in 2019
Clark County Public Health officials have created an automated telephone system to call people who may be were exposed to measles. This phone call will be released at 10:30 am on Tuesday. In the past, nurses would call potentially exposed people, but they have switched to an automated system because of the large number of possible cases.
At the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, guards are placed at five entrances around the building to look for symptoms. They advise children and people who are not vaccinated against measles to not visit the hospital.
"Measles is a relatively rare disease, so it was an interesting week," said Dr. Jason Hanley, Medical Director of the Emergency Department. The disease is extremely contagious and spreads in the air. The virus may take two hours after an infected person leaves the room.
Henley says she has recently seen a handful of measles patients. He says they have reserved special rooms in the emergency room for patients to prevent the spread of measles to the rest of the hospital. We export them outside and into a room that ventures a "negative pressure," which means we take the air up and out of the emergency department instead of spreading it to patients or other staff, "Hanley said.
or your child may have measles, officials say you should call your doctor before visiting If you need to visit the emergency room, Hanley says you have to call them before they arrive so they can be prepared.
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